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For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Romans 3:23 begins with the word "since" in the RSV, which is the same as "for" in the KJV. This word takes us to the prior verse and gives us the hope of God.

We all sin. Some people lie, steal or murder. Others cheat themselves, other people, or God. Some people choose homosexual relationships while others beat their spouse. Some sins are more visible and people consider them worse sins.

No sin or sinner is worse than any other. God recognizes we are all sinners. The "since" of verse 23 leads us back to the previous two verses. God gives us hope as Paul stated it in Romans 3:21-22.

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God
which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:
for there is no difference.

All people sin, are sinners. No person is righteous because of his or her sin. All sins are equal to God; they are sin and separate us from Him. Period. Only by God's forgiveness of us of our sins can we be made righteous. Jesus Christ died our death penalty for our sins so we can have God's forgiveness of our sins.

All sins are the same; they separate us from Holy God.
Accept God's righteousness through Jesus Christ.
Believe Jesus Christ is God's Son and your Savior
Confess your sins to God and be made righteous.
Don't delay.
Enter God's presence and live eternally with Him.

Oh God, we ask for Your mercy and forgiveness. Make us clean so we can be in Your presence. Amen.

GAIL SURATT DAVIS

Follower of the Lord for 39.5 years. Missionary, Bible study writer and teacher, ESL teacher. Refugee ministry. I like being a wife and parent, reading, teaching, writing, studying, and singing. I love my family. Author of Miracle of Faith and Foundation of Faith: Bible Studies through Deuteronomy.